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Music, grades 1-8

Emilie Zahurancik

Emilie has led Lorien Wood’s music program since 2006. She holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Florida State University. Emilie recently completed Certification in the Orff Schulwerk approach at George Mason University, building upon her previous training as a K-12 certified teacher. Orff Schulwerk is an approach to music which requires active and creative participation from students through movement, dance, and speech and uses xylophones, recorders, and percussion instruments. The Orff Schulwerk approach is a key part of the Lorien Wood music program that Emilie leads. 

Emilie grew up mostly in McLean, Virginia and spent time abroad living in Mexico and Colombia. After graduating from college, she taught high school band in Loudoun County and at South Lakes High School in Fairfax County. She also taught a year of middle school Spanish in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia. She loves leading students in the discovery and love of music!

Emilie has a deep love for the word of God and has enjoyed leading women’s Bible studies and is active with the Awana program at her church. Emilie is married and has three children who attend Lorien Wood, the eldest starting as a kindergartner in the first class when the school began in 2004. She loves the beach, sailing, and spending time at the creek at Forest Home family camp every summer.